RTI International Metals Inc.

RTI International Metals Inc. - RTI Tradco (Fabrication Group)

Washington, MO, USA


The Background


RTI International Metals, Inc. specializes in titanium products for the aerospace, defense, propulsion, energy, industrial, medical and chemical markets. RTI is a pioneer in advanced titanium manufacturing, engineering, machining and forming processes. RTI is a fully integrated titanium producer, delivering mill products, extruded shapes, form-ready parts and final engineered components from multiple locations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.


The Problem


The chemical milling process equipment at RTI Tradco were entering the final stages of their useful service life. RTI’s mandate of producing state of the art titanium products required better productivity, better environmental stewardship and greater operator safety than what could be achieved with the existing chemical milling line.


The Scanacon Solution


Provide the customer with new state of the art chemical milling line, drawing from Scanacon’s extensive portfolio of specialized products and services.


The Result


Improved process control, uptime, productivity, quality and environmental standing and just as importantly; process safety and reduced employee exposure to hazardous chemicals. A 20% reduction in HF and 50% in HNO3 usage, along waste reductions of greater than 25%. Productivity increases of more than 20% due to minimized line downtime and improved process control.


Because of the success of the 2011 project, another 2012 project was realized and will be commissioned December 2012 for RTI Tradco’s Titanium flat rolled (sheet) pickling process.


Scope Of Work


Scanacon supplied a complete acid management solution to RTI Tradco, including:


• Engineering

• AT75 Acid Tester

• SAR-MiniFlex


• Thermoplastic fabrication of process tanks, hoods and fume extraction

• Thermoplastic fabrication of piping system and acid containment

• Cascade Rinsing System

• Degreasing

• Turnkey Installation

• Commissioning

• Training

Products Used